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A Monster Walk...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Well, the weather was perfect for my epic walk today. It was 71 and occasionally sunny, with a stiff breeze. It was comfortable walking in a sweatshirt and jeans. So, I walked the dog 4.2 miles this morning, then rode back downtown with my dad, so I could start my walk in town. I ended up walking 23.5 miles in just over 5 hours. (A measly 3 minutes over!) So, I have already walked more than a marathon today... and I still have to take the dog for his evening walk!

I noticed a few things while walking. Garbage trucks don't pull to the middle of the road when approaching a pedestrian walking alongside the road, but school buses do. The fancier the car the farther toward the middle they swerve. When I try and count my steps in my head I get to 23 and start repeating numbers. For some reason my attention span doesn't make it past 23. If I wonder about what I "should" be thinking while walking then nothing comes to mind, but if I am relaxed and chilling then all sorts of stuff occurs to me. (I think there might be an important lesson in that.)

Cooper had a good day out at the farm playing with little girls and other dogs. Much better than being stuck in his crate for 5 hours! He even got to take a couple of naps in my dad's bed. The girls walked him twice and took him out to play another time, so he got plenty of exercise and attention.

It was a terrific day, but I think I will schedule monster walks like this for Fridays, rather than a Monday. Saturday and Sunday are my rest days, which would give me more recovery time. I don't normally go to the gym on Tuesdays, so that should be fine, but I am wondering about Wednesday's workout. I'm not sure my feet will be sufficiently recovered to do my normal run. The bike and ST should be no problem though. I will try the treadmill, but if it is too much I will switch to the bike earlier than usual. I am surprised at how little pain I have in my feet right now. With the arthritis I expected more tenderness, but other than a hot spot on my heel they are just tired not painful. I guess I could walk a marathon if I wanted to. Good to know.
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KALEWINE 4/19/2013 3:39PM

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AEROBISAURUS 4/17/2013 8:53AM

    emoticon Wow! Awesome, emoticon I totally get the counting thing - it's really weird isn't it. Glad I'm not the only one that does it! Lol

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MARIANNMC 4/16/2013 10:05PM

    WOW! Sounds great. A marathon walk. WOW.

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TABBYJO88 4/16/2013 6:19PM

    Congrats!!! That is fantastic. I think it is a good idea to do the next one on Friday so you have a good recovery time. You are amazing. Keep up the great work!!!

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SCAREWALDORF 4/16/2013 3:55PM

    Twenty. Three. Miles.

Wow.

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COLLEENROSTE 4/16/2013 2:25AM

    emoticon emoticon you accomplished so much today. what a victory!! I think your idea a future epic walks on Fridays sounds really good- especially with summer coming and weekend kayak adventures your lower body will get a good recovery.

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DESERTDREAMERS 4/16/2013 1:20AM

    You are my heroine! emoticon

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35ANGELS 4/16/2013 12:17AM

    Wow...That is awesome!!! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/15/2013 9:49PM

    You did it! Big pat on the back!

I can't walk for long without some distraction/entertainment. I have an MP3 player and listen to audio books I get over the internet for free from my library.

Sounds like a good idea to do your long walks on Friday and have some recovery time.

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GOING-STRONG 4/15/2013 9:46PM

    I am very impressed! Do you have a smart phone? If so you need to download the Nike Running App from iTunes. It is free. You can track your mileage and your average pace, etc... and it keeps a running total of all your walks/runs. I use it and love the little trophies and stuff you get. Anyway, if you use an iPhone be sure and check it out.

Kudos to you on that epic walk. You may just have inspired me to give something like that a try.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/15/2013 8:01PM

    Go for it!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/15/2013 7:31PM

    Amazing, absolutely amazing! Snoopy dancing for you (your legs need to rest emoticon )

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BRAVELUTE 4/15/2013 7:22PM

    You did. No matter that it was a marathon of 1.

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LEANIE64 4/15/2013 7:15PM

    Wow..you are inspiring..Keep up the workouts..

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